Premier League darts LIVE updates: Express Sport brings you all the latest from Dublin
SULJOVIC vs WHITLOCK
19:20: Our first match is just about to get underway now folks.
It’s lucky that the match isn’t decided on entry music. Mensur Suljovic has just walked in to Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best,” while Aussie Simon Whitlock, who obviously possesses no imagination, chose Men at Work “Down Under,” which would actually be my suggestion for a new Australian national anthem.
Anyway, we’re off!
MEET THE NEW BOYS
19:15: We’ve got four newbies in this year’s 16-week tournament. Cross, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price are all making their first appearances.
Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and of course Michael van Gerwen complete the line-up.
19:10: OK, what’s on the menu? Allow me to read out the specials. I’m going to stop these food analogies now because I’m starving…
*Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
*Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
*Daryl Gurney v Raymond van Barneveld
*Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
*Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Feels weird writing those fixtures down without Phil Taylor around…
19:00: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Premier League darts.
It’s the opening night. 10 contenders, 9,000 screaming fans packed inside Dublin’s 3Arena and a clash of the titans between Michael van Gerwen and newly-crowned world champion Rob Cross.
Couldn’t get much better, right?
Let’s get going!